For a while now I have been tinkering with the idea of featuring Vendor Spotlight posts on my blog. I love talking about weddings with my clients, especially because I end up helping with a lot more than just the photography on a wedding day. As a bride-to-be planning my own wedding, I found out that I still have much to learn about the wedding industry. What I love about Connecticut and New England’s wedding scene is that they have a fabulous network or professional vendors who all love what they do, want to make your wedding the best that it can be, and they also collaborate well with other local vendors. Connecticut’s wedding vendor community truly is an amazing group and I am so happy that I moved back into the state. I reached out to a Vendor group that I am a part of and also reached out to vendors who I personally know and was amazed by the positive reception I received for my interview idea. Together we have collaborated to give you some insider tips to plan your wedding day. I never expected that I would learn so much by conducting these interviews. Every month I will be posting various Vendor Spotlights to teach you about what they do best and to help you plan your special day. I will be featuring businesses in all realms of the wedding industry.
Today’s interview features Jeff of JF3 Productions, a videography business in Connecticut. I had so much fun reading his story about how he got his start on the big screen to how he decided to go into wedding films instead. You can check out Jeff’s website here and please take the time to watch some of his movie trailers. I also enjoyed Jeff’s movie posters that he personalizes for his couples. To see more of Jeff’s work follow JF3 Productions on Facebook. Jeff, thank you for taking the time to join my new blogging project.
What is the name of your business?
JF3 Productions – Videography/Cinematography
What inspired you to enter your field of work?
I went to school for film in New Hampshire at Franklin Pierce University and when I graduated in 2009 (seems so long ago!) I moved to New York to pursue my love for film making. I ended up living there for about 8 years and while there I worked on a movie from Paramount Pictures called Morning Glory as an assistant editor, a few shows with The Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Channel, CNN, and most recently worked in post production for MTV on the shows 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom 2. In 2011, a high school friend of mine emailed me to see if I wanted to film her wedding for basically nothing, but I agreed to! When the video was complete I looked at it and thought to myself, ‘Wow, I think I have something really special here.’ Before this, I had no intentions of ever doing wedding films nor even attended a wedding personally, so I didn’t know what to expect. But after that 1 wedding, a few more inquiries came in over the years and eventually I decided to leave NY and move back home to Connecticut to pursue this full time.
What do you love most about your job?
Where do you find your inspiration?
Do you work alone or with a team? Tell me about them.
What goals do you have for the year?
Tell me about a favorite memory while on the job.
What is the best piece of wisdom that you share with your clients about your industry?
Wow, there are several, but the best thing I can think of is to just go with the flow. I’m getting married next June so I understand that in the months or years planning your big day, you ideally want everything to be perfect. But I’m sorry, it just won’t be perfect, but I say that with a few caveats. The perfect wedding will always be perfect in someone’s mind, but when the day arrives and maybe the table setting isn’t just right, you can’t worry about it. Sometimes the weather doesn’t always cooperate, but you just have to go with it. A wedding goes by fast and you don’t want to look back on it where you were upset about something so small for the whole day. The best thing to do is embrace it. A wedding is about the love of two people coming together forever surrounded by their closest family and friends. If it rains? Who cares! Does the suit not fit perfectly? Who cares! You have to put on a smile and just go with the flow. Nothing in this world is perfect and though we all try to plan the perfect wedding, it sometimes doesn’t happen, but in the end, it should always feel perfect regardless of what happened 🙂
When you’re not doing videography what do you love to do?
Anything else you feel that clients should know about what you do?
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